LGSA - PhD candidate - Computational Biology - Hoffmann Research Group (m/w/d)

Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI), Jena

The Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age-Related Diseases (LGSA) is a joint program of the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) and the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena. The School calls for applications for a PhD position in the research group “Computational Biology” led by Prof. Steve Hoffmann. The position will be available from February 2023.

The Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age-Related Diseases (LGSA) belongs to the Leibniz Association - a non-university research organization equivalent to the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association.

The Computational Biology Group at the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute is interested in deciphering the mechanisms of genome regulation. Specifically, we analyze changes and effects of DNA (hydroxy-)methylation, histone marks, and classic transcription factors during aging, in health and disease. In contrast to other computational groups, we are equipped with ample wet-lab facilities allowing us to generate our own data and validate our hypotheses. Our multi-disciplinary team is composed of bioinformaticians, statisticians, biochemists, and biologists.

We are looking for highly motivated PhD candidates interested in the computational analysis of biological data to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD project. The position should be filled as soon as possible.


Eligible are students that have obtained, or that will obtain within half a year, an academic degree comparable to the master degree or diploma in in (Bio-) Informatics, (Bio-) Statistics, (Bio-) Mathematics, (Bio-) Physics, or a related discipline. Also, we invite applications of Biochemists and Biologists with a demonstrated interest in Informatics, Statistics, or Mathematics.

Further requirements are:

  • Strong interest in genome biology, cancer biology, or epigenomics
  • Strong interest in the development and application of methods for big data analysis
  • Advanced programming skills in R. Skills in additional programming languages are preferable.
  • Strong commitment and work ethic
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

We offer:

  • A position in a well-equipped and motivated group that aims to bridge wet and dry lab research
  • A highly cooperative environment and possibilities of international collaborations
  • Access to multiple state-of-the-art facilities. Our work is embedded in the Beutenberg Campus, an interdisciplinary base for innovative research
  • Flexible working time, a family friendly working environment including support for child care solutions and dual career

Further information on the Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age Related Diseases (LGSA) can be found at https://lgsa.leibniz-fli.de/.

For the first step, please acquaint yourself with the application procedure on our website and fill in the application form in our online system.

Deadline for submission is January 31, 2023.

The Hoffmann Research Group


Information on the LGSA

https://lgsa.leibniz-fli.de/ application/faq/

Application guideline

https://lgsa.leibniz-fli.de/ application/application-guideline/